$2 million to make this vision a reality.
This Spring the New Jersey Department of Transportation gave the green light to the Palisades Interstate Park to transfer an unused federal Transportation Enhancement grant of $2 million to build a half-mile greenway connecting the park and the George Washington Bridge bicycle and pedestrian path. When finished, this greenway will greatly improve safety on the Garden State’s busiest bicycle route. Kudos to the Park for finding this creative funding solution and asking the NJDOT to allow them to reassign the grant. In a letter to the New Jersey Section of the Palisades Interstate Park, NJDOT agreed to authorize the design and construction stage-by-stage. The Park is in the process of hiring a consultant to design the path. T.A., local elected officials and civic groups continue to work with the Park and the Port Authority, which owns a small parcel of land where the path would go, to make sure that path’s design will safely accommodate the 1,500 people who will walk and bike on the path each weekend day. The greenway path is supported by elected officials at all levels of government from county to state and a coalition of two dozen environmental organizations, transportation reformers, bike clubs, hiking groups, motorist advocates, anglers and local civic groups. The funding was transferred from an unbuilt section of bicycle path that was planned to extend to Montreal, though cost and engineering constraints made the eventual completion of the path questionable.